Comparative Company Law

Klaus J. Hopt

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780199296064
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Comparative Company Law


Comparative company law is at once very old and very modern. It is very old because ever since companies and company laws first existed, trade has not stopped at the frontiers of countries and states. The persons concerned, practitioners as well as rule-makers, had to look beyond their own city, country, rules, and laws. But comparative company law is also very modern. Most comparative work has focused on the main areas of private law, such as contract and torts, rather than company law. This article focuses on law and related rulemaking. It tries at least to touch upon the company law of five legal families in an eclectic way. It examines traditional and modern contracts in company law and comparative law, the harmonization of company law in the European Union, capital market law, and perspectives for future research.

Keywords: company law; comparative law; modern contracts; European Union; capital market law

Article.  14640 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Comparative Law

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